Looking to the Horizon

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Might’ve stepped on this one just a little bit too much. Next up, studying colour and contrasts. Don’t really understand how these, uh, peacefully coexist within a picture in order to create a pleasing aesthetic and also tell a story. Prefer not to wing it going forward.

On that note, it’s almost time to move onto the next thing. I’m not gaining much traction on the current tack and think that I should take advantage of the open sea to chart a new course.

More to come…..

Nikon D3400
1/320 sec
f/9
55mm
ISO 100

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Active Listening

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I originally saw this as a colour photo and not B&W – there’s a collection of red balloons caught in the rafters which I thought created a nice contrasting aesthetic to the background, which is very grey, especially on this particularly overcast day. But, it just didn’t work. The vision I could see in my mind was not congruent with the end result on paper, so I had to adapt. It just looked so much better as a B&W – it told me it would look better as a B&W.

Therein lies the lesson – actively listen, I mean really hear what’s being presented to you, and then respond to it. Adapt. Overcome.

Nikon D3400
1/50 sec
f16
35mm
ISO 800

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A Poor Workman Blames His Tools

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More muted tones. I’ve been bumping my head against the limitations of my current rig and thinking about upgrading, and then I see this. A musician with the most well worn gear which is in dire need of replacement, who then proceeds to make the most beautiful music with it. A poor workman blames his tools. More practice for me.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.3
48mm
ISO 8000

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Good Morning

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My system is creaking at the seams, and I’m starting to hit my head against the limitations of my camera equipment and computer. The question is: do I keep the current rig and continue to practice/learn and get better, or do I pull the trigger on some new gear and take that next step?

Ballpark cost for the new rig – camera, lenses and computer – will be around 7 grand. I can afford it, however I don’t want to spend that kind of money and then end up producing content which can be produced from my current set up. I’m also not getting paid for this, and am aware that the content I’m producing is not quite good enough for sale.

On the other hand, the new equipment will allow me to produce the kind of content I really want to create. I definitely lean a little more towards the visual art, and the photography is just a tool, a canvas, to create the art.

I’ll need to mull this over some more…….

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.6
55mm
ISO 1800

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Muted Tones

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“Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.” – Aurelius

Playing around with some muted tones. Thought it might fit the composition of this photo nicely.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.6
55mm
ISO 6400

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Practice

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“Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.” – Epictetus

I’m hitting the wall on this camera, or perhaps I just need a bit more practice? My night photography is producing results with a lot of colour noise, so I have to convert them to B&W in order for them to be usable. So, the camera has limitations and I need to keep the ISO as low as possible. Okay, let’s try again.

But, I still want a better camera……

Nikon D3400
1/320 sec
f/9
35mm
ISO 100

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People Watching

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Note to self: having people walking towards the camera makes for a better photo, I think. I can see their faces, which is the most interesting part.

Nikon D3400
1/30 sec
f11
18mm
ISO 400

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